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How to know the total cost of your mortgage

Categories: Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: December 28, 2016 | Comments Off on How to know the total cost of your mortgage


What's in a mortgage?

What’s in a mortgage?

If you have recently purchased a new Parry Custom Home or are currently for a Pittsburgh on your lot builder to build your new home? If so, a down payment has most likely been the biggest financial piece of information stuck in your head as you search and shop for a mortgage company to work with. While your down payment will most likely be the biggest expense for your new home, it certainly wont be the last expense for your new home. The excitement and reward of being a new homeowner are a great thing to look forward too, but the costs and responsibilities of your new home can be overwhelming if you don’t properly plan for it.

However, with some research and planning, you can purchase and enjoy your new home with as little stress as possible! Here are some pieces of knowledge to get you on the right track when it comes to purchasing your new home and understanding what you mortgage will be made up of.

When putting together your budget for what you can spend on a mortgage, there are three main things to consider and you need to make sure are on your list.

The first item on your budgeting list will need to be insurance. There are many factors that will determine how much your premium will be and what kind of coverage you need. This is an area you need to be sure to properly do your research on the area that your new home is located. If you are on the coast, do you need flood or hurricane insurance? Does your new home have a security system? Does your insurance provider give you a discount for combining policies like homeowner, life and auto insurance?

Another thing to take into consideration for your new home will be any monthly, quarterly or annual fees associated with your new home. Many communities are deed restricted and have CDD or HOA fees. Some purchasing agreements will allow you to waive these fees, but be sure to ask about any reoccurring or yearly fees that you will also need to budget for.

Lastly, be sure to factor in the utilities for your new home. If you have previously lived in a small apartment or condo, you can easily expect what you are used to paying for utilities to double or triple depending on the size of your new home. A good way to help offset some of the higher costs is to invest in energy efficient appliances, but not planning on much higher utilities than what you are used too can lead to a budgetary disaster.


These are just a few things to be sure to take into account before purchasing your new home to set yourself up for success and less stress.



Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

10 Home Security Tips for First-Time Homeowners

Categories: Homeowner Tips, Pittsburgh on your lot builder | Posted: December 21, 2016 | Comments Off on 10 Home Security Tips for First-Time Homeowners
Home safety precautions

Home safety precautions

If you have recently purchased a new home or are currently looking for new homes, chances are you are excited to move into a new home to kick off the new year. However, it is important to not get swept away in the excitement of decorating and housewarming parties to look past the security risks you will be vulnerable too as a new homeowner.  Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares ways to make your new home as safe and secure as you can to get you started off right.


  1. If you haven’t already, access the current security situation of the place you are moving into. If you haven’t yet signed on the dotted line, be sure to move into the safest zip code you can afford. Single-family homes are often located in safer neighborhoods than high-density housing or rental areas.
  2. Be sure before you buy a home, to take it for a test drive. How so? Be sure to drive through the neighborhood during the day and at night. This allows you to gauge what it is like during different times of the week and times during the day. If you can, it’s also a good idea to see if you can talk to anyone living in the neighborhood to see what their thoughts are.
  3. Once you move into a home, one of the first things you can do that will also cover your basis on a security level, is to get to know your neighbors. Get involved with any neighborhood watch programs or simply develop a level of friendship with your neighbors so you can look out for each other, both when you are at home and away. You will rest easier knowing you have a pair of eyes looking after your home when you are gone.
  4. When you do move into your new home, be sure to do an audit of your home when it comes to the home’s entry points and how you might be able to improve upon them from a safety aspect. Whether it be changing the locks or updating them to more secure ones, to changing any garage or entry codes that were previously set, small changes can lead to more safety.
  5. The next thing you will want to do after moving in your home, is identify yourself with where local emergency services are. If you do have a neighborhood watch, get familiar with their training and offerings when it comes to reporting suspicious activity or crimes.
  6. You will then want to focus on the prevention portion of keeping your new home safe. Even if you decide to not get a security system, there are still several precautions you can put in place to keep your home safe. From putting up window coverings or blinds that prevent an immediate view from the street of the valuables in your home, to putting up secondary blocking devices to sliding glass windows and doors so they can’t easily be forced open. Now days with all the smart technology, it could be a good idea to invest into a smart phone app that allows you to do things like shut your garage door, set the alarm etc. if you are out of town and wondering if you forgot to do so.
  7. You may have a lot of people entering your new home before and even after you close, such as delivery persons, service vendors, contractors and so on. Be especially mindful of people on your new home, as this gives them instant access to see what valuables you have and if you have a security system and how it might work.
  8. If you do decide to invest in a security system for your new home, be sure to shop around and do your research first to make sure you select the system that will best suit your needs and then needs of your home. There are so many different options out there and so many scare tactics that security companies may try and use on you, having your main list of concerns and things you want to address handy will be helpful as you shop around for the right provider.
  9. If you don’t plan to invest in a security system, don’t rule out a DIY option. Consider the option of installing a wireless alarm system without paying for the installation or the monthly fee. If the alarm is triggered, it will sound the loud siren which is often good enough to scare most burglars away. You can even consider putting a security sing in your front lawn by your front door, as just the sign alone can act as a deterrent to home intruders.
  10. Lastly, nothing beats being prepared. Putting in the research, knowing what to do and where to go, and securing your home the best you can will leave you with a peace of mind and security when you move into your new home.




Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.

Outdoor trends you will want for your own backyard

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: December 2, 2016 | Comments Off on Outdoor trends you will want for your own backyard


This year the above average temperatures that have carried on late into Fall have left some spending more time on the outdoors of their home than inside. If this is the case, you may have been inspired to give your backyard some TLC come spring, so you can enjoy your space with friends and family.  Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares some outdoor trends you may want to consider adding to your backyard to-do wishlist to enjoy this upcoming Spring.

The outdoor couch has made a major comeback when it comes to outdoor furniture. Gone are the days of hard benches and chairs, when you can more comfortably relax with friends and family on s stylish outdoor couch. These come in a variety of sizes, shapes and options so they can truly fit most any backyard layout. You can even take a sectional outdoor couch and rearrange it around a fire pit once the cooler temperatures of fall hit.

If you thought your garden or planting were things far past this time of year, think again! Consider the ever popular succulent plan, that can create pint-sized gardens or can be planted in wood boxes and really capture the rustic level of fall. In cooler climates, you may consider trying yucca and agave plants. If planting is out until Spring, do your research and see what needs to be planted and when so you can be ready once things start to bloom again.

Hammock chairs are another popular backyard accessory of today and can be easily added to porches anywhere. This will give your outdoor space an easy, casual feel with a bit of an eccentric twist.

A third great backyard addition is that of a pocket bar. If you backyard was not built with a bar in mind, it doesn’t mean you can never have one! Miniature pocket bars will save you from having to go inside to the kitchen to refill your glass, without the commitment of a full size outdoor bar. If you are really short on space, try a fold down murphy bar that will fit your space perfectly and keep your liquor collection protected between happy hours.

Lastly, stenciled flooring may not be something you have heard of but it definitely something you should check out. Concrete and hot material flooring is a hot staple at the moment, and for good reason. It is more sustainable and wood and gives and industrial flavor that lends itself to the more modern look. Add some design with stencil and stains and it is the perfect way to personalize your space and give it life. You can even use this same technique on wood floors to give shabby-chic vibe.


These simple trends will give you something to look forward to for your home this Spring!



Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area.  Call or contact us today for more information.